My sustained injuries were 9 broken ribs a broken leg and arm. I am a retired paralegal so I needed some answers as to why this happened. Through my own scrutinizing, I did find out that there was a recall from Ford on this year vehicle re: Automatic Shift Cable Assembly which could allow it to pop outta gear. I owned this vehicle less than a year bought it through a local dealer in December of 2013, incident happened on October 2014. (My mechanic told me Ford's slipping from gear is commonplace and proceeded to verify this showing me on his computer)
Talk to a products liability (defective products) lawyer in your area. Most injury lawyers will offer a free consultation.
The challenge may be to find a lawyer to take a case like this on a contingency fee. I litigated a park-to-reverse case against GM and it was a very complicated, very expensive case that took a long time. The case went to trial and resulted in a very good verdict, but it would not have been possible to take that case unless the injuries were catastrophic.
Best of luck!
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You should contact several personal injury attorneys, and find one you trust. Most personal injury attorneys will provide a free consultation, and you should take the opportunity to hear what various attorneys have to say.
Tough case. Used car. Did you buy the car from a Ford Dealer? That might help. Injuries do not seem severe enough to balance the tremendous costs involved in this type of case. My colleagues are correct that you should contact a few lawyers in your area and see what they say.
It is unclear whether you had the dealer fix the recall after learning about it.
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